Research Interests

  • History of Food in America
  • Photography in the American West
  • Gender in the American West
  • American Women
  • Women's History


  • PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1990
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Massachusetts at Boston, 1977

Awards, Honors, and Affiliations

  • Vivian A. Paladin Award, best article, Montana Magazine of Western History, 2015
  • Outstanding Academic Advising Award, Montana State University, 2015.
  • Governor’s Humanities Award, Montana, 2013.
  • Humanities Hero Award, Humanities Montana, 2012.
  • Mortar Board, Professor of the Month (2010)
  • James and Mary Ross Provost Award for Excellence, Montana State University (2007)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (2007)
  • Montana Book Award (2003)
  • Honorable Mention, Jensen-Miller Prize, Coalition for Western Women’s History (2002)
  • Betty Coffey Award for Contributions on behalf of Women at Montana State University, Women’s Studies Minor Committee, (2000)
  • Charles & Nora L. Wiley Faculty Award for Meritorious Research, Montana State University Foundation, (1999)
  • Barbara Sudler Award, Colorado Historical Society (1998)
  • Spur Award Finalist in Contemporary Nonfiction, Western Writers of America (1998)
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Book (1997)
  • Mortar Board Certificate of Recognition (1992)
  • Albert J. Beveridge Award, American Historical Association (1988)
  • Merle Curti Social History Award, Organization of American Historians (1988)
  • Merit Award of Recognition, North Carolina Society of Historians (1988)
  • Honorable Mention, John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, American Studies Assoc., (1988)
  • Philip Taft Labor History Award, New York School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1987

Select Publications

  • “When Jeannette Said ‘No’: Montana Women’s Response to World War I,” Montana Magazine of Western History 65:1 (Spring 2015): 3-23.

  • “Remember Me: A History of Work and Beauty in Montana Quilts” in Border to Border: Quilts and Quiltmakers of Montana, Annie Henshew.  Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2009, pp. 1-21.
  • “Latitudes and Longitudes: Teaching the History of Women in the U.S. and Canadian Wests,” in One Step over the Line: Toward a History of Women in the North American West, eds., Elizabeth Jameson and Sheila McManus. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2008, pp. 411-25.
  • Reprint, “Copper Metropolis,” in Vernacular Architecture Forum 2009 Field Guide, ed. Richard I. Gibson, VAF Montana, 2009, pp. 47-57.
  • “Men in Hats,” Drumlummon Views 3:1 (Spring 2009): 315-320.